William John Wills’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jan 5, 1834

Death Date

Jun 28, 1861

Age of Death

27 years

Cause of Death

Cooper Creek

Place of Death

Jun 28, 1861



The doctor William John died at the age of 186. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

British surveyor and surgeon who was second-in-command of the Burke and Wills expedition, an ill-fated attempt to cross Australia from south to north.

He was the second child of seven born to Dr. William Wills and Sarah Elizabeth Wills.



I have deposited some of my journals here for fear of accidents.


We have this morning dropped anchor, just off Williamstown.


I am often disgusted at hearing young people I know, declare that they are afraid of doing this or that, because they MIGHT be killed.


This country is undergoing great changes for the better.


Our journey so far has been very satisfactory: we are most fortunate as regards the season, for there has been more rain this winter than has been known for the last four or five years.